The Climb and Run for Wilderness is a premiere community event celebrating Earth Day. It is suited to folks of any age from babies in backpacks to 93 year olds and attracts participants from across North America. Last year more than 1,500 registered participants and in addition many more accompanying parents and supporters attended. The Climb and Run for Wilderness is a family oriented athletic event which includes major additional components of education about the environment and the creation of public art. A family day, a corporate challenge day, a fun time, and a serious opportunity to test one’s personal best are all combined in this Earth Day event.
The 23rd annual climb will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014! Mark your calendar now!
Please see the climb and run page for more information about the event.
2014 Mural Painting Competition — “Sneak-a-peek”
Only a few more days until 14 teams of talented artists of all ages converge on the Calgary Tower stairwell for the 12th annual mural painting competition. Once again we are amazed by the talent of the artists who submitted applications, following the theme of “Alberta species in their native habitat.”
We have received many creative submissions depicting mammals, birds and plants so it will be another difficult decision for the judges this year to choose a winner. Prizes for the winners in each category (Adult, Senior High School, Junior High School, Elementary School and Family) have been generously donated by The Calgary Tower and will be presented after the climb at the awards ceremony on April 26.
Artists submitted their sketches to us at the end of February and we thought we would share a few of them with you to give you a taste of the fabulous artistry that will create 14 more murals in the Tallest Gallery in the West this Saturday. And Remember, the only way to see the finished murals is by joining us at the Climb and Run for Wilderness on April 26, 2014. Have you registered yet?
Only 50 Days to Go... Why not take a wander back through the last 23 years of the Climb and Run for Wilderness?
Spring is right around the corner and the 2014 Climb and Run for Wilderness is just 50 days away! As the countdown to the 23rd annual event revs into full swing, we have been taking the opportunity to remember where we came from and have been inspired to share with you some of the stories and images from past years.
Whether it’s been dignitaries like Ralph Klein or committed athletes like Ammon Piepgrass, Audrey Lane Cockett and Jonathan Heinz; consistent, dedicated champions like Phyllis Hart, Richard Guy and Nessie Hollicky or first-timers and inspired youth like the Bear Cubs and Abigail Hadden, the years have been filled with some amazing participants. Those wonderful people have truly filled this event’s history with great moments and memories, some firsts and many awe-inspiring athletic and fundraising feats. They have been the heart, the soul, and the core of this event, making it what it is today: an international event, and part of the World cup for Towerrunning!
So thank you to everyone who has helped us get here. To the people named in the above list, and especially the many thousands we couldn’t fit in: you are all celebrities to us!
If you’re one of those people who has come out to the Climb and Run for Wilderness before, you surely need no reminder that this Earth Day Celebration is a great opportunity to enjoy people, to learn and show you care about Alberta, our entire Earth, our wilderness, wild lands and wild waters, and all the wildlife that depend on them.
We look forward to seeing you again (or the first time, for some of you) this year. If you haven’t yet done so, it is of course never too soon or too late to register and collect sponsors for your climb or run. It is going to be a great day with so many new innovations and memories for years to come.
We'll see you on the stairs!
A Glimpse into our Past
In 1992 Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) was in the midst of a campaign called Special Places 2000 in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Seeking innovative ways to invite Albertans to learn more about our province and ways to protect it, AWA adopted the model of the WWF’s CN Tower Climb in Toronto. As it does now, the Calgary Tower supported the initiative without question, providing access to the staircases inside the tower.
That first climb was a modest affair with a handful of people, a small display on the street level about Alberta's Special Places and at least one important celebrity. Ralph Klein made it to the top that day showing his support for AWA’s initiative. It was the beginning of the run of our limited edition t-shirts and an event that has grown to be known as “The Best Earth Day Event in the West!”
Fast-forward to 2013: Nearly 1,500 people climbed the tower in support of Alberta’s wild spaces last year and 140 volunteers made it all run smoothly. AWA’s small Special Places display has grown to a popular Wild Alberta Expo with more than 40 displays and booths from organizations across the city and the province, celebrating Alberta, those who work to protect it, and the wildlife and wild spaces that are so important to our future. As well, with nearly 200 murals along the walls of the stairwell, our mural painting competition has created the tallest gallery in the West; our wilderness poetry competition in memory of Louise Guy has brought out the best in Alberta poets; and clowns, games and live entertainment add to the fun for everyone.
Today and the Future
Over these last 23 years, the Climb and Run for Wilderness has not grown just in size. It’s become known as one of the world’s best family stair climbing events, providing an opportunity for competitors and folks from every walk of life to realize a common interest in the Earth and Alberta’s natural world. Last year we became for the first time a proud participating event in the Towerrunning World Cup, and this year are one of ten events selected to make up the World Federation of Great Towers’ Towerrunning Challenge 2014, a truly epic event spanning the globe, with the final finish line at the Empire State Building in New York City in early 2015 (the first-place finisher of the Calgary C4W leg will win a ticket to New York to compete).
As exciting as it is to be part of such an international community, though it is the local stories that are the most special. Through the years, many wonderful such stories have been created. The toughest climb ever was done in a wheelchair (can you believe it??) and the fastest climber in each of many years (including the record holder for most climbs in any year) is has been Jonathan Heinz. Jonathan has been the heart and soul of the C4W for several years and we expect to see him back again in 2014. (So if you want a shot at that ticket to New York - or any other of our many cool prizes - you’d best bring your “A-Game!”) Every year, our youngest and our oldest climbers challenge every fibre of the rest of us who stand in awe of their ability to climb those 802 stairs in celebration of Alberta and something truly important.
Speaking of something truly important, last year’s C4W even saw the tower being a participant in a very special event, as Brett Humphrey arranged for his girlfriend’s friends and family to drive down from as far away as Edmonton to be there at the top of the tower. After the two climbed those 802 steps together he popped the Big Question. Through ecstatic tears she managed a “yes” as he slipped the ring on her finger.
It’s those kinds of special memories that we hope to continue making this year and into the future, and we really hope you will be a part of it!
You can register online, or just come by the tower on April 26. We've been sending out brochures across the city far and wide over the last day or two, and will post a list on the website indicating where you can pick them up, as soon as we've received confirmation that they've all arrived.
As mentioned in previous newsletters, we have been working on a sincere commitment to be a zero-waste event this year and are asking all participants to remember that please: if you “pack it in, pack it home!”
But even with so many changes over the years, the goal of the Climb and Run for Wilderness remains the same. From our oldest climber (Richard Guy at 96 years) to our youngest (Josephine Dawson at23 months), from our most elite athletes to the folks who are more interested in appreciating the artwork on the wall than ticking off multiple ascents, we may all be at the tower on April 26 for our own reasons but will be working towards a common goal. Every year this event raises important funds (nearly $2 million in cumulative total so far) to help AWA continue working with communities; first nations; ranchers, outfitters and landowners; industry; government of all levels; and everyday Albertans like every single one of you, to keep Alberta’s wild spaces wild and beautiful.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the tower on April 26 for our best Earth Day celebration yet!
2014 Mural Competition: Just Over Two Weeks to Submit Your Entry!
A quick reminder that there are just over two weeks left to submit your entry for the 12th annual Mural Painting Competition! The deadline for entry for all teams is February 28, 2014.
To inspire you, we suggest you check out this great YouTube clip of one of the many amazing teams during last year's competition; posted by our friends and hosts at the Calgary Tower...
You can find more information about the mural painting competition on the registration page or the competition page (which also has several great photos of last year's winning entries)...
February 28, 2014: teams to submit their registration form and preliminary sketch to AWA.
March 5, 2014: all teams will be notified of acceptance.
March 15, 2014: all accepted teams paint their murals in the Calgary Tower between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
March 17, 2014: judging will be complete and winning teams will be announced (time to be determined).
April 26, 2014: prizes are awarded during the Climb and Run for Wilderness award ceremony at 12:30 PM.
Good luck to all entrants: we look forward to seeing you on March 15, 2014!
100 Days! With this week’s warm sunny Chinook weather, it makes it easy to believe that that’s all the time there is until we usher in springtime at the Calgary Tower.
As we climb the stairs, run the race course, and learn at the Expo, all the while celebrating Earth Day and Wild Alberta… On behalf of myself, the staff and every one of our dedicated volunteers I promise you an outstanding time at the 23rd annual Climb and Run for Wilderness!
We are all getting pretty excited as all the details unfold that make this huge event a great success year after year.
We have a number of new elements this year that we hope will contribute to an excellent day at the Tower for you, your family and friends:
For starters, you’ll notice a new athletic category, the Elite Stair Climbers Competition. For a fee you can have an express route to the elevators, helping you pack as many climbs into the day as you can possibly get through: this is for the truly dedicated! Space in this category is limited, with only 15 spots left, so make sure you reserve right away! (Unfortunately, this will mean no shortcutting to the front of the line this year for everyone else, sorry.)
For those of you who like collecting lots of online sponsorships, we’ve responded to your feedback about the process and revamped our website so that sponsoring a climber should be easier and smoother than ever! We’d like to hear how it goes for all of our climbers and sponsors, so please do let us know if it works better (or even if *ulp* it doesn’t)!
Also, 2014 will, for the first time, be a Zero Waste Event! Keep watching for more news on our “pack it in, pack it home” initiatives.
A few other updates for you:
Registration for the Mural Painting Competition is open now and you have until February 28th to send in your sketch.
Online registrations are open! We have had a number of registrations and sponsors are already sending in donations! Our entire website is filled with great updates and information, and our online registration process is in full swing.
Stay tuned for updates and help us spread the word by letting friends know they can sign up for this newsletter at www.ClimbForWilderness.ca (the sign-up form is over there on the right-hand side, below the social media feeds ---> ).
Speaking of social media, please do follow us on Twitter or Facebook. You can send me a tweet at Tweet to @Climb4Wild and using the hashtag Tweet #C4W will help spread the word as we all count down the days to the very Best Earth Day Event in the West!
I’ll look forward to tweeting, emailing and speaking with you, and – of course – I’ll see you on the stairs!
2014 Climb and Run for Wilderness Coordinator
(1/20/2014 5:25:33 PM)
Looking back on a great day...
Here's hoping everyone's legs have recovered! We're busy at the office just getting that last bit of data entered into the system and those couple of outstanding sponsorships recorded. If you have any sponsorships that you haven't managed to get in to us yet, there's still time! We will be counting sponsorships for incentive prizes until the beginning of May or so, and all sponsorships we receive (no matter when) will be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
In the meantime, official results are in and up on the results page. How did you do?
You can also check out your personal profile page, where you can download a PDF certificate to attest to your achievement on the day.
Finally, be sure to check out this great youtube video of the day, thanks to the great folks at the Calgary Tower. Three cheers all around!
And that's it for now. We'll be sure to see you again in 2014!
Calgarians Celebrate Earth Day at 22nd annual Climb and Run for Wilderness
Event celebrates wilderness, fitness and a marriage proposal
April 20, 2013 (Calgary, AB) – Over 1,500 people joined the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) at the Calgary Tower today to celebrate, learn more about and raise money for Alberta’s wild spaces. In addition to celebrating the love and support shown by her fellow Albertans for the province’s wilderness, Calgarian Amanda Wutzke was the recipient of a surprise celebration at the top of the tower, when her boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed to her!
Brett Humphry arranged for his girlfriend’s friends and family to drive down from as far away as Edmonton to surprise her at the tower top. After the two climbed the 802 steps of the tower he popped the big question. Through ecstatic tears she managed a yes and he slipped a ring on her finger.
“We are always surprised and encouraged by the ingenuity and widespread ideas of our climbers who dress up, celebrate special occasions on the stairs, test their personal resolve and just have a great time realizing and celebrating how fortunate we are to live where we do,” says AWA Executive Director Christyann Olson.
For the past 22 years the Climb and Run for Wilderness has been celebrating Alberta’s wild water, wild lands and wildlife. This year nearly 1,500 people took the opportunity to climb the tower and enjoy the beautiful wilderness murals painted along the 525 vertical feet of the stairwell’s walls. These murals have been painted over the last 15 years for the annual mural competition held in conjunction with the climb, making this event the only way to see the works of art that make up the tallest art gallery in the west!
The event kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with the Run for Wilderness, a unique 1km road race, culminating in a climb of the tower with the finish line at the top. Hometown favourite Jonathan Heinz was able to complete the course before the snow started, winning the race with an amazing time of 8 minutes and 20 seconds. With that time, Jonathan was able to chalk up a win for the third year in a row. Kamila Olguin was the fastest female racer, continuing a family tradition that had once seen her brother win the race in years gone by.
There was also plenty of fun throughout the day, with musicians, face painting, clowns and other entertainment. There were also more than 35 booths transforming the base of the tower into the wild and imaginative experience that is the Wild Alberta Expo, where everyone young and old was able learn about all the groups working hard to protect Alberta’s wild spaces and wildlife.
Fast facts about the 2013 Climb and Run for Wilderness:
Raised money for wilderness protection in Alberta
2,000+ ascents of the stairs over the course of the day
Over 1,500 people came out to support Wild Alberta, including climbers, racers, volunteers, entertainers, participants in the Wild Alberta Expo, friends, family and other spectators.
37 Teams, including Cenovus, Community Natural Foods and Markit Financial Systems
47 racers from Ernst & Young, LLP, on their first year as a major C4W sponsor
Race Winners: (Male) Jonathan Heinz in 8:20; (Female) Kamila Olguin in 9:32
Team Climb Winners: Markit Eagle with 75 combined climbs
Individual Climb Winner: (Male) Jonathan Heinz with 29 climbs; (Female) Deidre Derworiz and Salena Labine with 22 climbs each
Most money raised by an individual: Bill Overend with $3,865 and counting
Youngest Climber: 3 months (in a carrier!)
Oldest Climber: Richard Guy, 96 years young
For more information contact:
Lindsey Wallis, C4W Media Relations (403) 630-1635
Christyann Olson, AWA Executive Director (403) 283-2025
It’s 802 stairs. 525 vertical feet. But so what? What are we really putting one foot in front of the other for on April 20? We all have our own reasons. After a recent trip to Montana helped me more fully appreciate what is motivating me to climb for wilderness each year I shared my thoughts with our supporters in an email. That prompted some fellow climbers to share their own motivation – all the staff here at the office were inspired by this story and we hope you will be too.
“My grandfather, who was a geologist by trade and outdoorsman by nature, always had a love of the outdoors. He was a big part of who I am now and had a huge impact on my love of the outdoors. I loved the outdoors since I knew what a tree, river and bear was. I have always wanted to do something to preserve and help nature, though I had no idea that a six year old would be calling back at me ‘It's only 300 more stairs!’
Five years ago I was introduced to the Climb for Wilderness. Like most, I was excited to be supporting the wilderness but then it hit me: ‘I have to climb how many stairs?!’ Ever since my neighbours Sam and Alex have introduced me to the climb I look forward to it every year. Like my neighbour Alex, I have been trying to get others involved as well. I started small with family and friends. Then, I got my teacher into it and now I am volunteering with the AWA, getting the city involved. Doing the little things goes a long way. I not only want to get others involved but I want others to get others involved. It is important for me to participate because it shows others there is no excuse for not supporting a cause. People from the ages of 23 months to 95 years old can do it. If you can dream it you can do it. So go out, get involved in something you like to do like the Climb for Wilderness and get others involved as well.”
- Kyra McRitchie
What are you climbing for on April 20? We want to hear your stories! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with what drives you to climb or run with us on April 20 and your story could be featured in the Wild Lands Advocate.
And who are you climbing with? Don’t forget to bring a friend (or two or three!), one of the most important parts about the Climb and Run for Wilderness is to tell others about the amazing treasures we have in our own backyard and get them excited about preserving them!
38 Teams Propel the 2013 C4W to a New Record
Pre-registrations have now closed, and this year, the Climb and Run for Wilderness has a total of 38 teams registered, smashing the old record of 35 set in 2008!
This year’s teams include representation from Community Natural Foods, with an amazing 5 teams; Markit Financial Information Services and Cenovus Energy, with 4 teams each; Klopp-Richards and Lee Specialties, with 3 teams each, Kinder Morgan and Olympia Trust, each with 2 teams; ATCO Electric, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Focus Corp., Suncor Energy, and many many more.
Team packages, all ready and waiting to be picked up.
Thanks also to our friends at Ernst and Young with 47 racers in the Run for Wilderness; ARC Resources with 23 racers; Madeleine d’Houet school with 24 racers; CNR with 8, and all the other companies, schools and organizations that have sponsored participants.
You help make this event the amazing success that it is!
Thanks to this year’s corporate sponsors!
Be sure to check out our corporate sponsors page for a full list of companies that have sponsored the 2013 Climb and Run for Wilderness.
The people we couldn't do it without
Our hard-working team of volunteers prepping the tower walls for new murals
It is fitting that National Volunteer Week is coming up next week just after one of the AWA’s biggest volunteer events of the year. As the country celebrates the work done by over 13 million Canadians, who volunteer their precious time for organizations they believe in, the AWA also wants to take a moment, in the whirlwind leading up to the big day on Saturday, to thank our legion of more than 100 volunteers, without whom the Climb and Run for Wilderness would not be possible.
As Volunteer Canada writes on their website, "Volunteering is a part of who we are as Canadians. The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, calls Canada 'a smart and caring nation.' It’s our dedication to community involvement that has given us that reputation at home and around the globe." Our volunteers at the Climb and Run for Wilderness each year are certainly proof of that community involvement!
Our hard-working volunteers come from all walks of life and all backgrounds. This year we will be welcoming our youngest volunteers ever. They are not even ten years old, but they already know the importance of Alberta's wild spaces and will be there with the whole family as cheerleaders at the top of the tower. We have volunteers that have lived in Alberta their whole lives and volunteers that are new to Canada, volunteers that have been with us since the climb's inception 22 years ago and some that are brand new this year. But what they all have in common is their love for Alberta's wild lands and their dedication to our cause.
We have a number of dedicated volunteers that have been with us for many years and have taken on some big projects – they have been instrumental in the success of our climb and run events every year. The AWA would like to recognize Margaret Main for her untiring efforts to make the Tallest Gallery in the West a gallery we are all proud of as she oversees the mural competition; Nuno Fragoso for his efforts to keep the Wild Alberta Expo growing and helping others learn more about conservation and the amazing wild areas of our province; Chris Saunders and Paul Sutherland for taking charge of getting our overpass banners hung and taken down; Ed Hergott for organizing a team of 27 to keep the stairwells safe and keep folks on the route; and Jamie Jack for her always-smiling face as she works hard each year to pull together the cheer power to encourage climbers up those last few stairs to the top of the tower.
The AWA would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers -- you are the people that have made this event a success for 22 years and counting!
Chris Saunders with fellow volunteers Nuno Fragoso, our Wild Alberta Expo co-ordinator Chip Scialfa & Owen McGoldrick
Calgarians Set to Discover their Wild Side at the Calgary Tower this Earth Day
The Best Earth Day Event in the West will start at the sound of the horn at 0800 on April 20th, 2013. Two thousand Albertans and folks from across North America will be celebrating Alberta’s wild side at the 22nd Annual Climb and Run for Wilderness.
Hosted by the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA), this event is expected to bring out Calgarians and Albertans of all backgrounds and ages. Participants will climb the 802 stairs of the Calgary Tower, ascending the tower’s 525 feet alongside a dizzying array of colourful people from near and far: Those climbing the tower on April 20 will include veteran climbers, such as 96 year-old Richard Guy, but also babies in backpacks, and elite athletes competing in the Tower Running World Cup, not to mention the hundreds of families and corporate teams. All will be challenging themselves at Calgary’s premier Earth Day event in, support of AWA’s conservation and education work that defends Alberta’s wilderness.
“For anyone from 2 to 96 this is an Earth Day event that they are certain to enjoy,” says Christyann Olson, Executive Director for AWA. “From racing to climbing to competing in endurance challenges, athletes and casual climbers join forces and have an outstanding day at this event in support of Alberta’s wilderness.”
Along with the athletic challenges, the base of the Calgary Tower will be transformed into the wild and imaginative experience that is the Wild Alberta Expo. Here, enthusiastic learners young and not-so-young can learn about the ongoing efforts of 32 organizations, groups and individuals as they explore our province’s wild places and wildlife with the people who are working hard to protect them.
“We are always surprised and encouraged by the ingenuity and widespread ideas of our climbers who dress up, celebrate special occasions on the stairs, test their personal resolve and just have a great time realizing and celebrating how fortunate we are to live where we do,” said Olson.
This celebration of Alberta’s wild side will also include musicians, face painters, wildlife mascots and other entertainers, as well as great prizes for kids and adults, making it an event appropriate especially for families.
The Climb and Run for Wilderness will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Calgary Tower.
The day’s schedule of events includes:
8:00 a.m. Run for Wilderness
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Climb for Wilderness
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wild Alberta Expo
1:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony
Special guests throughout the day include:
MLA Hon. Dave Rodney
Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra
MLA David Swann
US Consul General Peter Kujawinski
96 year old Richard Guy
For more information contact:
Media Relations, Climb and Run for Wilderness,
(403) 630-1635, email@example.com
AWA Executive Director,
(403) 283-2025, (403) 863-2412
Finding your inspiration
The 22nd annual Climb and Run for Wilderness is only a few weeks away now and staff and volunteers are run off their feet preparing to make this event the best yet. But with all the writing of press releases, making phone calls, sending emails and the day to day work of organizing an event of this size, sometimes we need to take a moment to step back and remind ourselves of why we do this work and what makes it so important.
I had one of those moments this weekend and I want to share it with you. We spent three days watching sage grouse in their other-worldly mating displays near the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge. You can see a video I shot here.
Unfortunately this moment didn’t happen in Alberta, where at last count, there are only 13 male grouse left – Kyle and I had to drive to Montana to witness this spectacular display. But preserving incredible spectacles such as these are just one of the reasons that we are passionate about protecting the wild creatures, waters and landscapes of Alberta.
We do this work for all the incredible, beautiful creatures such as the sage-grouse, caribou, grizzly bear and many less visible but just as important species that call our province home (but may soon disappear if we sit idly by); for the waterways that begin on the Eastern slopes of the Rockies and nourish communities and landscapes from Alberta to Hudson’s Bay to the Gulf of Mexico; for the diverse landscapes from the mountains and foothills to aspen parkland, boreal forest and grassland that make up Alberta’s iconic landscapes; for all the wild spaces that nourish our souls and where we can find our “happy place”; for the knowledge that we are doing our best to preserve these wild spaces for generations to come.
On April 20 I will be climbing for the sage-grouse – their only hope for continued survival in our province is if we can convince our government of the importance of protecting biodiversity in the grasslands and the need to create meaningful protection for grouse habitat. I’m climbing so that one day my nephew doesn’t have to drive to Montana to see the sage grouse’s incredible dance, because he can see it on Alberta’s wild landscapes.
Why are you climbing for on April 20?
Tell us by visiting our Facebook page and writing on our wall. We will collect everyone’s comments and post them at the tower on April 20.
I look forward to seeing everyone there and hearing what inspires you in your support of wild Alberta.
Congratulations to all teams painting murals on Saturday! What tremendous effort and excellent murals you added to the Calgary Tower's Tallest Gallery!
The winning teams are:
Family: Level 42B: M. and S. Lagore
Jr. High School: Level 4B: Painters of Nature
Sr. High School: Level 44B: Psychic Peach Rings
Adult: Level 18B: Alberta Bound
More photos from the competition can be found in the photo gallery!
Thanks to everyone! Margaret Main our coordinator for the Mural Competition did an outstanding job. Our volunteers including judges and photographers made all the difference in the 11th annual competition.
Everyone will be able to see these new additions to the gallery on April 20th at the Cimb and Run for Wilderness.
The Tower Running World Cup is in its fifth year and allows athletes from all over the world to compete in dozens of different events to earn points. The runners climb skyscrapers, towers and outdoor staircases, trying to be the fastest or ascend more times than anyone else. The idea of the World Cup is to create a ranking for elite stair racers around the world since, for obvious reasons, there are not many possibilities of direct competition.
Next weekend, artists of all ages will descend on (or ascend!) the Calgary Tower stairwell to add their creative touches to the tallest gallery in the west as part of the AWA mural competition. Since the tower stairwell is not open to the public, the only way to see these beautiful works of art is to join us on April 20 at the Climb and Run for Wilderness (if you haven't registered for the climb yet you can do so here).
To enter the competition each team of artists had to submit a sketch of what they would like to paint on the tower walls. To peak your curiosity and whet your appetite, here is a sneek peek at two of the entry sketches that were submitted.
Could one of these be the winner of this year's competition? You'll have to join us at the award ceremony after the climb to find out! We can't wait to see you there, rooting for your favourite mural!
Climb brochures now available
Our brochures are here! And they look fabulous, thanks to the hard-working design team at Calder Bateman who graciously donated their time and creativity to design the cover art.
If you have supported the climb in the past you may have already received your brochure in the mail or it should arrive any day now. AWA would also like to extend a big thank you to all the businesses and organizations that are making our brochures available at their locations. For a full list of places to pick up a brochure click here, or stop by the office to say hi, we have lots available too!
With the climb just over a month away billboards will start popping up around the city advertising the climb. Here is one on Airport Trail, donated by Pattison. Let us know where you see/hear advertising for the climb by sharing it on our Facebook page.
A shout out to our sponsors
It takes a veritable army to put on the Climb and Run for Wilderness every year! From the hard-working staff in the office to our dedicated legion of volunteers and the participants who gamely trek up the 802 stairs of the tower over and over on climb day, the AWA relies on many people to make this event possible.
AWA would like to take a moment to shine the spotlight on our corporate sponsors, who see the importance of the Climb and Run for Wilderness and generously donate funds and products to make this event happen every year. We are so grateful to all of our sponsors – we truly could not make this event happen without you. Some sponsors have been with us for many years and we are thankful for their continued support – the AWA would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new sponsors for the 22nd annual Climb and Run for Wilderness.
One of our long-time sponsors, Gord Hobbins of Gord's Running store with his son.
Ernst and Young is one of our brand new sponsors for the 2013 climb and run and we are so excited to have them on board! In addition to supporting the climb through a cash sponsorship, they plan to enter 60 runners in the race – they’ll have to be fast to beat the record times of Jonathan Heinz (fastest male) and Syl Corbett (fastest female) at 7:50 minutes and 9:52 minutes respectively. Committed to its "role in creating a thriving community able to protect its environment, educate its children and become prosperous by fostering innovation and generating new businesses," Ernst and Young is doing its part to make our world a little bit greener. In addition to supporting events like the Climb and Run for Wilderness, its Climate Change and Sustainabitity Services practice works with companies to help them move to a low-carbon way of operating and lower their costs in the process.
Another new sponsor this year is Calder Bateman who is supporting the climb by helping out with our design work - have a look at the fabulous original illustration that forms the basis of our posters this year.
We also have many sponsors who continue to faithfully support the Climb and Run for Wilderness year after year. Of course we couldn’t even have the event without the wonderful support we receive from our venue sponsor, the Calgary Tower and Aspen Properties. Dave Hockey, in addition to being one of our top four fundraisers each year, is the owner of Higher Ground, which supplies lunch for all our volunteers as well as coffee and goodies for the climbers. And the list goes on…from Gord’s Running Store, which supports race logistics and timing and provides prizes for the winners of all the events, to Mountain Equipment Co-op, which supplies gift certificates as prizes, to Brooks, which supplies us with event pricing for t-shirts, we couldn’t put on such a fabulous event year after year without their support. Our sponsors also include Alberta Culture, Ainsworth, Loblaw, Fairmont Palliser, Boreal Horticultural Services, Marriot Calgary, Real Estate Professionals Inc., Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Steam Whistle Brewing and Fast Signs.
To all our sponsors, THANK YOU! We couldn’t put on the Climb and Run for Wilderness without you.
Dave Hockey of Higher Ground with
mascot Little Smoky the Bear
Alderman Druh Farrell presenting one of
the prizes generously donated by
the Calgary Tower
Mural Competition -- A look back
This year's mural competition entry deadline of March 8 is coming up quickly! AWA staff are busy organizing all the entries, putting together a jury and prepping the walls as we prepare for this year's additions to the tallest gallery in the west. If you haven't got your entry in you can click here to submit it before next Friday. The competition 's theme is Alberta Native Species in its Habitat.
But let's also take a moment now to look back at all the fun we had during last year's day of painting and the amazing works of art that adorn the Calgary Tower stairwells. First of all we had such a good-looking group of painters who came out and unleashed their creativity on the stairwells!
The painters all had good fun making their visions come to life on the walls -- and the staff had a great time watching it all unfold!
And the winners for 2012 were:
Adult category winner — Landing 7A, left: "Our Precious"
(The Dunford Clan Scrabblers: Heather Haddden,
Sarah Woolgarand Mary-Jo Woolgar)
Senior High School category winner — Landing 12A, right
(Henry Wisewood Sr. High School: Jessalyn Rohs and
Junior High School category winner — Landing 26B, right:
"Saving the Beaver Lands" (St. John Bosco Private School /
Team Beaver Weavers: Gabriella Rodriguez-Gill and Lillian Whyburd)
Elementary School category winner — Landing
43A, right: "Devastation" (Alex Munro School:
Sunny, Abby and Emily)
Family category winner — Landing 46A, right:
"Desulfovbrio Desulfuricans" (Susann and Michael Lagore)
Now that you're all inspired, we look forward to receiving all your mural competition entries! Don't forget about these important upcoming dates for the competition:
Friday, March 8, 2013: registration forms and preliminary sketches must be submitted to AWA.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013: all teams will be notified of acceptance.
Saturday, March 23, 2013: all accepted teams paint their murals in the Calgary Tower between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
Monday, March 25, 2013: judging will be complete and winning teams will be announced.
Saturday, April 20, 2013: prizes are awarded during the Climb and Run for Wilderness award ceremony at 1:30 PM.
Call for Submissions – Louise Guy Poetry Prize
AWA is proud to announce the third year of its annual Climb and Run for Wilderness Poetry Contest and Louise Guy Poetry Prize. We would like you to use wildness as the theme of your poem. Wildness means many different things: all interpretations from writers of all ages are welcome entries. Each year we have the winning poem transcribed and displayed on the walls of the Calgary Tower stairwells as a lasting tribute to Louise Guy, her intellect, her strength and her love. The winning poem will also be published in the Wild Lands Advocate, AWA’s outstanding wilderness news journal. The registration siteis now open, and the deadline for entries is April 11, 2013 at 10 am MDT.
We look forward to reading your poem!
- Carolyn Campbell, Poetry Contest Coordinator
Mural Competition Open
145 incredible murals and counting! Have you ever dreamed of painting public art? Here's one of the best chances you will ever have! Join us on March 23rd to paint your own mural, one that shows Alberta's Wildlife in its natural habitat. Check out the gallery of murals on this website under Mural Competition. Registration forms are posted now and the deadline for entries is March 8, 2013.
Hope to see you there,
- Margaret Main, Mural Competition Coordinator
Save the date! The 22nd annual C4W will be on APRIL 20, 2013
Good morning, eager climbers!
As the leaves start turning spectacular colours in anticipation of their plunge to the sidewalk, it's time for us to start turning our minds to what kinds of activities we might want to do inside.
Sure enough, those thoughts lead quickly to climbing stairs, and then to next year's C4W.
So enter the date into your calendar now! The 22nd annual Climb and Run for Wilderness will be held on SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013!
We haven't had the chance to update all the dates and other pieces on this website quite yet, but be sure to check back over the next couple of weeks, as we hope to be all up to speed shortly.
And as always, I look forward to seeing you on the stairs!
Photos from the 2012 C4W on Flickr
We'll have some photos from this year's Climb and Run for Wilderness on the site soon enough, but in the meantime, check out this Flickr page with over 180 event photos taken by one of our great photographers, Jose Quiroz! Is your smiling face on there anywhere?
All runners and climbers start at the base of the Calgary Tower
at their designated times: